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Washington Post: D.C. Council will consider law to strengthen prevention of lead poisoning in homes

September 28, 2018
The Washington Post's Terrence McCoy recently wrote that safety measures to ensure that children are protected from the dangers of lead poisoning while living in District homes may soon become a lot more stringent. At CLC, we believe that every child deserves a safe, healthy home. CLC senior policy attorney Anne Cunnigham chatted with Terrence about why this type of legislation is so critical.

Washington Post: ‘It feels great to go back’: The District’s students return to school

August 21, 2018
As the 2019 school year starts, students are excited and nervous—and that includes DC's homeless students. The Washington Post's Perry Stein recently went "back-to-school" with former CLC client Lakia. Following CLC's advocacy, Lakia now has the educational supports she needs to truly learn, but she continues to face (and overcome) the hurdles she encounters as a homeless student. CLC attorney Diana Sisson weighs in on homelessness and its impact on District students. Read more below:

Washington Post: Numerous children have been poisoned by lead in homes approved by D.C. housing inspectors

August 16, 2018
At CLC, we see this every day—unhealthy, unsafe housing conditions are harming DC children and families. CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel talks with Washington Post's Terrence McCoy about the problem.

DCist: Update: Now Eight Members Of The D.C. Council Call On Bowser To Halt D.C. General Demolition After Lead Is Found In Soil

August 10, 2018
At Children's Law Center, we support the demolition of DC General—but only if all children and families who live there have safe, healthy homes. That is not the case right now. CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel has been closely following the situation and offers her thoughts to the DCist. The D.C. Council considered legislation, proposed by Councilmember Trayon White in July, that would halt demolition until families are moved out, but ultimately passed a watered down version of the bill that requires stricter oversight of the demolition process at the site.

OnPoint: Appeals: Not Just for Attorneys

July 18, 2018
Have you ever wondered what life of an appellate paralegal is like? CLC paralegal Britt Curtis recently shared her thoughts in an article!  Appellate work is very different from trial work–appeals involve more legal theory than trial litigation does. As an appellate paralegal, I do not engage in discovery or schedule depositions; rather, I review and assess a case that has already gone through trialand been ruled on.

DCist: D.C. Council Won't Delay Closure Of D.C. General

July 11, 2018
CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel recently talked with DCist's Natlie Delgadillo about emergency legislation related to DC General closing.

WAMU: What’s Happening With Mayor Bowser’s Plan To Close The D.C. General Homeless Shelter?

July 10, 2018
At Children's Law Center, we support closing DC General, but only if it improves the conditions that families live in and if there's enough shelter for all children and families who need it. Kathy Zeisel chats with WAMU's Martin Austermuhle about the situation. Homeless advocates across the city were the first to demand that D.C. General be closed, but they are now in the strange place of advocating that Bowser not rush to close it in 2018.

Major Wins for DC Children as DC’s Budget Passes

July 10, 2018
We want you to be the first to know! This spring, DC Council voted to pass the fiscal year 2019 budget. Thanks to your partnership and support, we’re celebrating two major funding victories for DC kids.  

DCist: D.C. Council Considers A Crackdown On Slumlords

July 4, 2018
CLC attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified about three separate housing bills. WAMU's Martin Austermuhle and DCist's Natalie Delgadillo wrote about the proceedings: Advocates at D.C. organizations that often represent tenants, including the Children’s Law Center and Legal Counsel for the Elderly, say that the D.C. agency tasked with addressing housing violations—the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs—does not do an adequate job of protecting tenants.